Crisis? What crisis, says Lioli gaffer

Crisis? What crisis, says Lioli gaffer

MASERU – Lioli assistant coach Mosholi Mokhothu insists the club is not in crisis after Sunday’s embarrassing Econet Premier League defeat to newly-promoted Swallows.

The 1-0 loss to the Mazenod side means Lioli have already lost six out of 11 league games this season and it leaves them languishing outside the top eight as the league heads into the Christmas break.

Last season, ‘Tse Nala’ lost six games through the entire campaign and Lioli’s form is indicative of their struggles over the past year.
It has not been an easy time for Lioli this season after making changes to their technical team in the off-season.
Although ‘Tse Nala’ won the Top 4 Independence Cup in October all is not rosy in Teyateyaneng as the club keeps falling behind the league’s leading teams each time they drop points.
Mokhothu, however, believes Lioli will come back stronger after regrouping.

He said ‘Tse Nala’ need to work on their weaknesses in order to be able to compete and also admitted the club is desperately missing Tšoanelo Koetle who is yet to kick a ball this season.
Koetle has an on-going doping case with the Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) in the courts of law and has been frozen out until the case is resolved but he is expected to return to action in January.

“I don’t think we have a huge problem, it is just that we had a lot of changes in the team this season,” Mokhothu, a five-time league winning coach, said.
“We are playing with totally new players and players who weren’t getting game-time last season,” he added.

“We are not the only team struggling; all the teams in the league have their challenges, if you look at the leading teams their performances haven’t really been positive.”
Mokhothu added: “I think we have also been affected by the absence of Koetle. We shaped the team to play around him and we don’t have anybody perfect to fill his position. We are just waiting for his case to be resolved so that he can come back and help the team.”

Mokhothu said Lioli do not want to put themselves under pressure by thinking about making it to the league’s top four even though they want to defend their Independence Cup trophy next year.
As teams head into the Christmas break, there will be no break for the Teyateyaneng side who will go into camp to prepare themselves for the gruelling second round of the season.
“We are not under too much pressure, we just have to prepare ourselves to be where we want to be,” Mokhothu said. “We can’t be talking about making it to the top four now, we are focused on working on our problems, of course we want to defend our Independence Cup trophy next year,” he said.

“We are going to spend the Christmas break together working on our weaknesses. Lioli is not going to have a break; we are going to spend the festive together so that we can play friendly matches and tournaments. We are also going on camp; it is possible that (the camp) may be out of the country.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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